Friday, March 27, 2009

Bones of woman missing for 7 years found in her house under piles of junk

Officers are investigating the discovery of human remains in an Oakland home on Wednesday that are believed to Eunice Burwell-Workman, who was 77 when she disappeared in December 2002.

Investigators were called to a home in the 700 block of 47th Street at about 8 p.m. where workmen hired to clean an abandoned home had discovered a cache of human bones that are now believed to be that of the woman who lived there, and was considered missing for seven years, an officer from the Oakland Police Department said.

The home was reportedly filled from floor to ceiling with hoarded belongings, and preliminary reports indicate the victim may have died by being crushed or trapped by collected piles of junk, and was simply never found, police said.

The remains have not yet been officially identified, an Alameda County coroner said this morning, though Oakland police say first evidence points toward the missing woman.

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